ILEA Names Dallas County Sheriff Marian Brown as Advisory Board Chair

PLANO, TX (December 12, 2023) – The Institute for Law Enforcement Administration (ILEA), a division of The Center for American and International Law (CAIL), is pleased to announce the appointment of Dallas County Sheriff Marian Brown as the new chair of its advisory board. Brown succeeds City of Prosper Chief of Police Doug Kowalski, who served as chair since December 2019. This appointment was made at the board's Dec. 1 meeting at CAIL’s education center in Plano, TX.

Sheriff Brown's distinguished career in law enforcement began in 1988 with the Duncanville Police Department, where she broke barriers as the first African American female officer. She ascended to lieutenant in 1997, later served as assistant police chief, and then joined the Dallas County Sheriff's Department. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Arlington and is a graduate of ILEA's 40th Management College and the FBI National Academy Associates Command College.

"We extend our heartfelt thanks to Chief Kowalski for his dedicated service to the board. His contributions and leadership have been invaluable. Now, as we transition to a new era, we are excited to welcome Sheriff Marian Brown as the new chair," said ILEA Director Gregory Smith. "Sheriff Brown's diverse experience and commitment to law enforcement will greatly benefit ILEA. Her remarkable career and dedication to building positive relationships inside her agency and with community residents are inspirations that align with ILEA’s mission."

CAIL President Thomas (T.L.) Cubbage said, "Sheriff Brown's leadership acumen and visionary approach are precisely what ILEA needs at this juncture. We are excited about the fresh perspectives she brings to the board. At the same time, we honor Chief Kowalski’s significant contributions and thank him for his unwavering commitment and invaluable insights during his tenure."

In this role, Brown will oversee the board’s strategic initiatives in enhancing ILEA’s programs, crucial for providing advanced administrative education to law enforcement professionals.

The meeting also saw the election of new officers. Coby Pewitt, Assistant Chief of Police for the City of Richardson, TX, was elected vice chair. Professor Galia Cohen, Department Head and Assistant Professor of Public Administration at Tarleton State University, was re-elected as secretary. Their appointments underscore the board's dedication to leadership and educational excellence.


About the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration – The Institute for Law Enforcement Administration (ILEA) was founded in Dallas, Texas, in 1957 as a division of The Center for American and International Law, a nonprofit educational institution for lawyers, judges, and law enforcement professionals. ILEA has a well-established reputation as a leader in policing education in the United States and worldwide through innovative professional development, continuing education, and ethics/ethical decision-making programs that prepare law enforcement leaders to thrive in times of calm and during moments of crisis. Learn more about ILEA by visiting

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